Thursday, August 27, 2009
The End of an Era
Wednesday morning we all woke to the news that Senator Edward M. Kennedy had passed away during the night ending his 15 month battle with brain cancer. The last of the Kennedy brothers to die --the onlt one to die of natural causes--Sen. Kennedy served in the United States Senate for 47 years. He authored or co-authored several thousand pieces of legislation--over 300 of which became law. He was a flawed man--as we all are--yet as a public figure from a prominent family his flaws were widely broadcast. Who among us could bear such scrutiny? He did withstand the glare of the spotlight and despite of it was able to profoundly change the lives of millions of Americans through his tireless work in the Senate. Civil rights, health care, education, labor, his professional life was devoted to serving as a voice and champion to the working man. We've lost a giant of a man. He leaves a void that won't soon, if ever, be filled.
"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."